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Ceimba

Ceiling cleaning robot
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Build a robot which walks on the ceiling using suction cups, whilst vacuuming.

The legs should have enough degrees of mechanical freedom that it can walk from ceiling to wall and back; especially importantly, it should be able to go through doorways that don't reach all the way up to the ceiling.

In case it's not obvious, the name comes from ceiling + roomba.

goldbb, Mar 16 2009

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       I don't know about cleaning but painting would be ace!
po, Mar 16 2009
  

       Just how often do you need to clean you ceiling? So far in my life I have done it 0 times, and if I did I would have thought a rag on a stick would be OK, not a very complicated electromechanical device. So [-].
eight_nine_tortoise, Mar 16 2009
  

       I just don't know where to store all these robots when they are not at work. (I need a robot garage!)
xandram, Mar 16 2009
  

       89tortoise, I've never cleaned my ceiling either, but wouldn't it be cool to have a robot that could?   

       Actually, just having a robot which can walk on the ceiling seems pretty cool by itself. It might be even better, if the robot had eight legs, and a red and blue spider-man coloration :)
goldbb, Mar 16 2009
  

       89tortoise, I've never cleaned my ceiling either, but wouldn't it be cool to have a robot that could?   

       Actually, just having a robot which can walk on the ceiling seems pretty cool by itself. It might be even better, if the robot had eight legs, and a red and blue spider-man coloration :)
goldbb, Mar 16 2009
  

       Technically since all ceilings needs usually is a dusting to remove cobwebs, this is baked by those aircars that race on walls. I'll have to find a link, but someone sells cars that have a reverse hovercraft bottom so the fan holds then to the wall. I would think it would do the same for a ceiling and then all you have to do is lay down, look up and drive it around a little. I guess it isn't autonomous and wouldn't work with textured celings, but bound to be more fun. I guess ideally, )&-.d want something with twin 90 degree angled surfaces so you could stick it to a wall and then drive it to the ceiling and around.
MisterQED, Mar 16 2009
  

       /lay down, look up and drive it around a little./   

       All the dust and spider skins will fall right down into your eyes. Then while you're rubbing your eyes in pain, the aircar falls into your lap, blades spinning. This is why I always wear goggles. Also a titanium codpiece.
bungston, Mar 16 2009
  

       Maybe the suction from the vacuum alone would keep it up there. Probably worth a try.
knowtion, Mar 16 2009
  

       //This is why I always wear goggles. Also a titanium codpiece.// always suspected as much.   

       [marked-for-tagline]
po, Mar 17 2009
  

       Is there an echo in here?
eight_nine_tortoise, Mar 17 2009
  

       Paint your ceiling with some of that magnetic paint. That will open the options for your robot .
wjt, Mar 17 2009
  
      
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